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“A great day out” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo
Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. As you walk around the zoo there's plenty of play areas to try out including the indoor soft play area Jungle Tumble with a section for under 3s and all new play equipment where the kids can release their wild side! New enclosures include a walk through enclosure with butterflies and another with Rainbow Lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. Plus there's 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo Jo and Srey Ya. You can also come face to face with Komodo Dragons, see white rhino, giraffes, ostrich and kudu roaming together at Kingdom of the Wild and walk underwater through the 24m tunnel at the Playa Patagonia sealion pool. Learn more about the animals and see them up close by watching one of the 50 daily displays. You even get the fantastic opportunity to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself and take a ride on the 'Lost Madagascar Express' road train! Don't forget to pop into the discovery centre and have a go at handling some unusual bugs or get your face painted and transform yourself into your favourite animal!
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

Colchester zoo never fails to impress, I've been going since I was a child and still love it. Defiantely recommend it.

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27 reviews
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

An excellent place to go for a good day out (with or without the kids!). Such worthwhile work, so well maintained and the animals are so interesting. I especially like the elephants!

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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“I'm prejudice as I don't like Zoos”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

Those that do like Zoo's say this is a good one. Good kids indoor play area. Food is, well, what you'd expect.

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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“Best zoo ever. Don't miss it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

I have been a Gold member (yearly pass holder) for two years and now have a platinum card (24months).
Unusually visit once every 6-8weeks and think its a great zoo.
Lucky to have such a nice zoo less than a hour away. And as soon as the weather warms up again I expect I'll be going even more often

There is a good choice of animals. Note of primates and big cats, along with aminmals from the large (Elephants) to the small (Ants).
Good for adults and kids and all these Inbetween (adults that are big kids lol).
Price depends on when you go with school holidays being the dearest.

Worth a visit

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Colchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The best Zoo I have been too”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

It's the best zoo I have ever been too - friendly staff who clearly care a great deal for the animals - I take my nephew regularly as we have gold passes which are very good value for money. Highly recommended

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